Book Recommendation: SIGHTWITCH by Susan Dennard

Finally! A new blog post. I’ve been focusing so much on MIDNIGHT QUEEN—which, in case you missed it on my Instagram account, I recently finished revising for now—that I let everything else fall by the wayside. Fingers crossed I’ll be posting more reguarly, and I’ve already started drafting some possible future posts. Now I’m diving into an entirely *new* novel which is both downright terrifying AND exciting. Gah.


A little bit about Sightwitch by Susan Dennard:

Ryber Fortiza was a Sightwitch Sister at a secluded convent, waiting to be called by her goddess into the depths of the mountain. There she would receive the gift of foretelling. But when that call never comes, Ryber finds herself the only Sister without the Sight.

Years pass and Ryber’s misfit pain becomes a dull ache, until one day, Sisters who already possess the Sight are summoned into the mountain, never to return. Soon enough, Ryber is the only Sister left. Now, it is up to her to save her Sisters, though she does not have the Sight―and though she does not know what might await her inside the mountain.

On her journey underground, she encounters a young captain named Kullen Ikray, who has no memory of who he is or how he got there. Together, the two journey ever deeper in search of answers, their road filled with horrors, and what they find at the end of that road will alter the fate of the Witchlands forever.

I. Loved. This. Book. Guys! If you haven’t read Susan Dennard’s Truthwitch books yet—then you must. (Also… the covers are utterly stunning. Especially this one! It totally captures the book’s heart.) Thrilling, engrossing, and gorgeously complex, I’ve loved the first two books in the series, but in all honesty, I wasn’t certain what to think of there being a novella. Novellas usually don’t catch my interest, but when I saw this sitting on the bookshelf, I snatched it up immediately and bought it. Now that I’ve read it, I think it’s my favorite from the entire series (and I seriously need to reevaluate my opinions on reading novellas.)

Gorgeously illustrated, I tore through this book in one sitting. Not only is the book itself dsc_0092wonderfully written and engaging, but the small illustrations sprinkled in throughout the pages—maps, notes, sketches—made this novella just that little bit more special. Ryber was a surprise for me: I didn’t expect to like her as much as I did, and I certainly didn’t expect to be so emotionally invested in her character by the end of a two-hundred (or so) page novel. But…I did. I felt her fear, her uncertainty, the weight of the Sightwitches on her shoulders—wow. I adored this from beginning to end.

The world of the Witchlands is so intricate, so complex—and that was one of the things I loved so much about this novella. It built upon this we already knew from the previous two novels (Truthwitch and WindwitchBloodwitch is the next in the series.) While the complexity of this series’ worldbuilding might put some readers off, it’s one of the things I love so much about these books. The detail, the thought put into every page.

I’m now even more eager for the next in the series, Bloodwitch. Which, of course, centers around one of my favorite characters in the series. As much as I loved Ryber, I’m SO excited to get back to Safi and Iseult’s tale.

If you love YA fantasy—or just fantasy in general regardless of age—this series is definitely a must-read.

Currently reading: Nothing right now…but I have an amazing-looking pile of books to get through.

Currently listening to: Assassin’s Creed Odessey—Legend of the Eagle Bearer (Main Theme) by The Flight. …I know I talked about how damned excited I was for this game in my last post, and listening to the score is seriously just amplifying that. It’s so damned GREEK sounding. I adore it! I just KNOW that playing it is going to make me miss Greece dearly.


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